Senate

Dick Cheney Speaks

Cheney: CIA Torture Report Is A ‘Bunch Of Hooey’

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the panel’s report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks is a troubling record of a stain on America’s history.

12/09/2014

Michael Hayden

Former CIA Director: Torture Report Could ‘Be Used By Our Enemies To Motivate People To Attack Americans’

Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

12/08/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Senate Aide Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

A former Democratic congressional aide has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two women who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

12/02/2014

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Schumer To Dems: Make Government Help Workers

The Senate Democrats’ top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.

11/25/2014

Obama Immigration Speech

Sen. Manchin: Now Was The Wrong Time For Obama To Act On Immigration

President Barack Obama and his allies, confronting a buildup of GOP criticism, are seeking to sell the president’s executive actions on immigration as good politics and good policy.

11/21/2014

President Barack Obama condemned an "horrific attack" on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four people, including three US citizens, dead and urged Israelis and Palestinians to calm tensions, before a meeting at the White House on Nov. 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Group: White House Has Been In Touch With Nevada Activists About Trip

President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas Friday, a Democratic official said, heightening anticipation that he will announce executive orders on immigration this week.

11/19/2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell answers questions following the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

McConnell Promising New Senate GOP Majority Will Quickly Resurrect Keystone Pipeline Legislation

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

11/19/2014

Daryl Hannah wears a sticker as she protests against Keystone XL Pipeline at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

No on Keystone Pipeline, But GOP Vows Replay

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

11/18/2014

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was interrupted on the Senate floor Monday by anti-torture protesters demanding and chanting for prosecutions from details uncovered in the CIA torture report. 

The demonstrators made entry as visitors to the Senate floor and began shouting “U.S. torture, it’s official, prosecute now!” as they were quickly muted and removed from the room. Durbin immediately ceased speaking until the chants of “prosecute now” were heard from outside the Senate floor. 

Eleven of the protesters were arrested by Capitol Police as other visitors to the Senate gallery were warned that more outbursts would lead to their arrest, “You’re here as a guest of the United States Senate.” 

This comes just days after two anti-torture protestors were arrested at the Virginia home of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Twenty prisoners, many in prison jumpsuits, walked onto his McLean property Saturday to mark the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Reuters reports. 

Additional protestors went to the home of CIA Director John Brennan. 

Two members who refused to leave the premises by police were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges, said police.
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Supporters Of Senate Bill To Approve Keystone Pipeline Scrambling To Find Last Vote

With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find the last vote.

11/18/2014

Supporters of Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan hold signs and an American flag during a rally at a PenAir airplane hangar on November 3, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. (credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

Begich Concedes Senate Race To Sullivan

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan.

11/17/2014

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